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Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Devastating storm to MAINTAIN category 5 status as nears Hong Kong

September 14, 2018 10:29 AM
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SUPER Typhoon Mangkhut is the strongest tropical storm that has formed on the planet this year and looks to maintain category 5 status as it approaches Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Mangkhut, the Thai word for the fruit mangosteen, has a diameter of about 900 km and is the strongest of 15 storms to have hit the Philippines this year.

The dangerous typhoon is moving with maximum sustained winds of up to 240 mph and could affect more than 43 million people.

Philippine authorities started evacuating thousands of people from coastal areas on Thursday, with medical and emergency teams on standby.


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